Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: June 12-15, 2015

Something went horribly wrong with the Stanley Cup Finals this year (logo via Wikimedia)

The Stanley Cup Playoffs came to an end on Monday, and with that out of the way, the long national nightmare that was the first year of Rogers’ $5.2 billion NHL gamble was also officially over. According to Numeris and Yahoo, playoff ratings on a whole were down 20 per cent and the Stanley Cup Finals drew its lowest numbers since 2009. Monday’s grand finale was also the least-watched final game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2003. What happened?

While it may be hard to determine what went wrong with everything on a whole (maybe hockey fans don’t like Strombo or just don’t like Rogers), it’s easier to see what went wrong on Monday. The sixth game of the final went up against the Women’s World Cup, which drew huge numbers on CTV and TSN. The Canada-Netherlands soccer match drew 1.8 million viewers, while just over 2.6 million tuned in to see the Lightning and the Blackhawks on the CBC.

So although hockey disappointed over the weekend, baseball did fairly well. With the Jays on a roll, ratings have been on an upswing. Monday’s Jays game against the Mets drew 782,000, while Friday and Sunday’s games between the Red Sox drew 773,000 and 777,000, respectively. Saturday’s game underwhelmed in comparison with only 614,000 viewers, but that’s still not bad.

Anyway, for more on the weekend’s top sports, check out my charts below and visit Yahoo Sports Canada at the source link.

Top sports events for Friday, June 12, 2015
Rank for day Rank for weekend
Sports event
Network
Viewers
1
5
Blue Jays at the Red Sox (MLB)
Sportsnet
773,000
2
8
U.S. vs. Sweden (FIFA)
TSN
611,000
3
12
Japan vs. Cameroon (FIFA)
TSN
266,000
Top sports events for Saturday, June 13, 2015
Rank for day Rank for weekend
Sports event
Network
Viewers
1
2
Blackhawks at the Lightning (NHL)
CBC
2,400,000
2
7
Blue Jays at the Red Sox (MLB)
Sportsnet
614,000
3
10
Riders vs. the Eskimos (CFL)
TSN
371,000
Top sports events for Sunday, June 14, 2015
Rank for day Rank for weekend
Sports event
Network
Viewers
1
6
Blue Jays at the Red Sox (MLB)
Sportsnet
770,000
2
9
Cavaliers at the Warriors (NBA)
TSN
497,000
3
15
Quicken 400 (NASCAR)
TSN
239,000
Top sports events for Monday, June 15, 2015
Rank for day Rank for weekend
Sports event
Network
Viewers
1
1
Lightning at the Blackhawks (NHL)
CBC
2,620,000
2
3
Canada vs. Netherlands (FIFA)
CTV/TSN
1,800,000
3
4
Blue Jays at the Mets (MLB)
Sportsnet
782,000
The numbers above are Numeris’ overnight ratings for sports events on English-language Canadian TV. If any of these games or events were also broadcast on an American network available in Canada, the viewers who watched the American broadcast are not included in the numbers above.
 
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